Research of the Week

A few potential drivers of brain aging.

“People who consumed a diet emphasising fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy products and meat had the lowest risks of cardiovascular disease and early death.” This quote was so good I even left the terrible British English spelling of “emphasizing” intact.

Cave bear DNA found in modern brown bears. Also, cave bears were mostly vegetarian.

Psychiatric diseases are a potentially unavoidable byproduct of our large, complex brains.

Mushrooms are excellent prebiotics.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 275: Dr. Mona Morstein: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Mora Morstein, a naturopathic physician who specializes in integrative approaches to diabetes.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

How will modern medicine’s promise to find cures and stop disease before it starts square with the fact that it makes all its money off wealthy, unhealthy, pill-popping patients?

Both stress and recovery are essential to a long, well-lived life.

Media, Schmedia

How to make friends.

Be careful where you source your sushi, especially if you’re over 70 with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and end-stage kidney disease.

Everything Else

Lierre Keith drops an interesting tidbit in this podcast: All the big-name vegans secretly eat salmon.

What 150 billion hours of FitBit data reveal about human health.

British and French scallop catchers try to out-mussel each other.

The FDA approves magic mushrooms for depression.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I can’t wait to find out: Last year, she barely missed the world record. This year, she’ll try again, this time on ketones. Will Vittoria Bussi break the one-hour cycling record?

Contest I’d enter if I didn’t make the stuff myself: Lara loves Primal Kitchen® Unsweetened Ketchup, in addition to a bunch of other great products. Enter to win them all.

Older concept I’m pondering: The rise of “sleep coaches” for professional athletes.

Article I’m reading: Why modern medicine is a major threat to public health.

Question I’m pondering: Should we allow performance-enhancing drugs?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 26– Sep 1)

Comment of the Week

“I use a far infra red Matt. The generic name is bio mat. It makes me sweat, it’s like a poor man’s sauna.”

– This Matt fella sounds like he has super powers. Think he’d do a guest post, Ned?


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Try as we might, many of us find the temptation of pancakes too hard to resist. Maybe it’s the sweet, buttery aroma of the batter on the griddle or the soft doughy texture, or that eating something with the word “cake” in it for breakfast just feels so deliciously naughty. But it doesn’t have to be. There are decent Primal substitutes. Pancakes made with almond meal or coconut flour are a good option, but can be pretty heavy and, for some, overly filling. And then there’s this dish sent in by Jack Etherington for the Primal Cookbook Challenge. His Almond Banana Pancakes contain just three ingredients: banana, egg and almond butter. You can whip up a batch in five minutes flat and top the pancakes with a pat of butter, a scoop of nut butter, or fresh berries.

Almond Banana Pancakes are slightly delicate so you’ll want to keep the size fairly small (or add an extra egg) and wait until the edges are nicely browned before flipping them. This shouldn’t deter you from trying the recipe—the delicate texture of Almond Banana Pancakes is the very thing that makes them so irresistible. If you’ve tried pancakes made from almond or coconut flour and find them slightly grainy, you’ll really love the silky, airy texture of these cakes. The flavor is sinfully close to banana bread; add a little vanilla and cinnamon to the batter if you really want to get decadent.

As is evident from the comment board of last week’s recipe, this (very similar) recipe may be too carb-centric for some of you. For those who are keto or are restricting carbs for weight loss purposes this recipe might not fit into your personal Primal plans. For others, it might be part of your 20%. And for others that are extra active or have already achieved your preferred body composition, this recipe might be a perfect fit. (Kids tend to love it, too, by the way.) Enjoy!



  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg (or 2 if pancakes aren’t holding together well)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter


Mash the bananas, add the egg and mix well.

Stir in the almond butter, adding more than a tablespoon if you want a more pancake-like texture.

Warm butter in a pan and pour batter into small cakes.

Brown on each side and serve warm.


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Watch the LIVE Mr. Olympia Webcast

Get ready to take a front and center seat at the 2018 Mr. Olympia when you tune in to the LIVE WEBCAST, brought to you by iHerb & MusclePharm, on, September 14th & 15th at 10pm ET, 7pm PT, and watch as bodybuilding history is made!

In 1965, Joe Weider created the Mr. Olympia, a competition to determine the world’s best-built man. From that first contest of three competitors in front of a standing-room-only crowd of about 2,500 at New York City’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Olympia has grown into a global mega-event.

Today, the Olympia Weekend features the best of the best IFBB pros in bodybuilding, physique, figure, fitness, and bikini, as well as a two-day expo that sees well over 50,000 fans traverse the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. With $1.36 million in prizes, the Olympia is the richest and most prestigious event in bodybuilding and fitness.

The Olympia Fitness and Performance weekend is pure excitement from start to finish, but the real magic happens at the Orleans Arena when the top Bodybuilders, Classic Physique, Fitness, Figure, and Bikini athletes take to the stage and battle for the Olympia titles, securing their elite status as the very best in the world! Below, you’ll find five reasons why you absolutely have to tune in live. 


FRIDAY: Fitness, Figure, and Classic Physique Finals, 212 and Mr. Olympia Judging @ 10pm ET, 7pm PT

SATURDAY: Bikini, 212 & Mr. Olympia Finals @ 10pm ET, 7pm PT    


PHIL HEATH – Will The Gift earn his 8th consecutive Mr. Olympia title?

Phil Heath has made his intentions very clear: to eventually earn a record-breaking 10 Mr. Olympia titles. Last year, Heath tied Arnold Schwarzenegger and won his 7th consecutive Sandow, and if all things go according to Phil’s plan, he’ll be leaving Vegas this year with an 8th, tying the records of Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman. Can he do it again in a stacked lineup of the 19 best bodybuilders in the world?


THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP – Fans attending the 2018 Mr. Olympia will help pick the winner!

For the first time in the event’s history, fans will cast one of the votes to select the winner of the 2018 Mr. Olympia. Ticket holders for the judging round on Friday, September 14, and the finals on Saturday, September 15, will receive a special code with which they can evaluate each competitor and cast their vote on their phones. The fan votes will be collectively counted as one vote, joining the votes of the judges on the panel. In the event the athlete earning the fan vote does not win the title, that competitor will be crowned the 2018 People’s Champion. Who will earn the first-ever People’s Champ award?



FLEX LEWIS – Will the Welsh Dragon burn the competition and bring home his 7th 212 Olympia title?

Since the first 212 Olympia in 2012 (prior to that it was the 202 Showdown), one man has held the title: James “Flex” Lewis. With six wins under his belt, he’ll be going for an impressive 7th title at the 2018 Olympia. At 11 weeks out, Flex Lewis made a major announcement about the biggest decision of his bodybuilding career—the 2018 Olympia will be his last time competing on the 212 Olympia stage! Will Flex Lewis continue his legacy and finish off his 212 bodybuilding career with a 7th and final 212 Olympia win?


THE WOMEN OF THE 2018 OLYMPIA – At least one new champion will be crowned!

The Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend isn’t all about the men. The lovely ladies of the Olympia are the very best in the world at bringing a combination of strength, sexiness, beauty, and muscle to the stage. With four-time Fitness Olympia champ Oksana Grishina retired, a new Fitness Olympia athlete will capture the title. Will reigning champs Angelica Teixeira and Cydney Gillon keep their Bikini and Figure titles respectively, or will there be new queens crowned on the 2018 Olympia stage?



The image above is all the reason you need to get pumped and tune in to the LIVE WEBCAST of the 2018 Olympia on The muscle mass, striations, routines, and posedowns; the victories, defeats, rivalries, and camaraderie…it’s the greatest bodybuilding show in the world, and we’re giving you a front row seat to watch it all go down on the LIVE WEBCAST on, September 14th & 15th at 10pm ET, 7pm PT.

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